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Salary details of ONE THIRD of
Americans shared with credit
agency Equifax in ´biggest
privacy breach in our time´
Daily Mail [UK], by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:42:26 PM     Post Reply
It has been revealed that secret salary records of more than one-third of Americans have been shared by their employers with the credit rating agency Equifax. Described as one of the biggest privacy breaches of the modern age, 190 million employment and salary records have been sold to debt collectors and financial service companies through an Equifax-owned subsidiary called The Work Number. Originally created as a fast and easy way to check the employment history of new staff, it has been revealed that The Work Number´s database is so detailed it contains week-by-week paycheck information dating back years

Obama expects immigration
reform bill as early as June
The Hill [Washington, DC], by Jonathan Easley    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 8:26:10 PM     Post Reply
President Obama said Wednesday he expects an immigration reform bill will be signed into law by year’s end, and possibly as early as June. “I’m hopeful that this can get done, and I don’t think that it should take many, many months,” Obama said in an interview with Telemundo. “I think this is something we should be able to get done certainly this year and I’d like to see if we could get it done sooner, in the first half of the year if possible.” Telemundo is the second-largest Spanish-language television network in the U.S. Obama also interviewed

Media Bias in the Age of Obama
Commentary Magazine, by Pete Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: Piercentire- 1/30/2013 8:20:51 PM     Post Reply
The soft and at times obsequious interview Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” did with Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) has received a lot of justifiable criticism. (Conor Friedersdorf demolishes Kroft in this piece.) Mr. Kroft didn’t help himself when he told CNN’s Piers Morgan that one of the reasons the president turns to Kroft so often is that he doesn’t use “gotcha questions” on Mr. Obama–the kind that “60 Minutes” routinely used against President Bush and other Republicans like Representative Eric Cantor.



Obama´s Thunderdome Strategy
Wall Street Journal, by Daniel Henninger    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:38:10 PM     Post Reply
Few are the men and women in American public life who haven´t heard Mr. Dooley´s famous aphorism: "Politics ain´t beanbag." John Boehner, currently serving out his community service as speaker of the House, appears to have been meditating on Mr. Dooley´s cautionary wisdom. At the Ripon Society last week he said the Obama administration was trying "to annihilate the Republican Party." Better late than never, Speaker Boehner now sees that Barack Obama´s notion of political competition is Mad Max inside the Thunderdome: "Two men enter, one man leaves." Last week during the president´s second inaugural address,

A Military Coup In Egypt?
We Can Think Of Worse
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:13:12 PM     Post Reply
The Egyptian army hints that it may step in if the new Islamist government can´t keep order. Idealists will cringe, but a coup may be the only way to put the country on track to real freedom. There are some things the U.S. government can´t say out loud — such as, "We´d like to see this elected government kicked out by the military." But even Barack Obama may now be quietly hoping for a reboot, courtesy of the Egyptian army. Obama´s administration was so taken with the social-media theater of the Arab Spring that it ditched a

As GDP Falls, President
Obama Runs Out of Excuses
Investors Business Daily, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 7:06:07 PM     Post Reply
Obamanomics: The economy shrank last quarter, the deficit topped $1 trillion last year, U.S. debt shot up $5 trillion in the past four, and joblessness is at 7.8%. Boy, President Obama sure inherited an economic mess, didn´t he? According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy "unexpectedly" declined 0.1% in last three months of 2012, the first decline since early 2009. The Obama administration, naturally, tried to look for scapegoats, this time settling on Hurricane Sandy and Republican-induced uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" outcome. But if that were the case, why was the administration running

Patty Andrews dies at 94;
Andrews Sisters´ last surviving member
Los Angeles Times, by Rebecca Trounson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:55:48 PM     Post Reply
They were the swinging, sassy voice of the homefront for U.S. service personnel overseas during World War II, singing catchy hit tunes such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum and Coca Cola" that delighted Americans and catapulted the Andrews Sisters to the very top of the pop charts. One of the most successful female recording groups in pop history, the sisters — LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews — became a beloved American institution, lifting the nation´s spirits during a conflict whose outcome seemed often in doubt. When the war ended in 1945,



$11,000 reward offered in
slaying of girl ´destined
for great things´
Chicago Tribune, by Jennifer Delgado, Bridget Doyle*    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:40:14 PM     Post Reply
With outrage over his daughter´s death spreading from City Hall to the White House, Nathaniel Pendleton made a public plea Wednesday for someone to step forward and bring the 15-year-old´s killer to justice. "They took the light of my life," Pendleton said at a news conference, where a $11,000 reward was announced for information about Tuesday´s slaying of Hadiya Pendleton. "This guy, whoever he was, the gunman, man, you took the light of my life. Just look at yourself and just know that you took a bright person, an innocent person, a non-violent person."

French capture Islamists´
last major Malian town
Associated Press, by Krista Larson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/30/2013 6:37:14 PM     Post Reply
Sevare, Mali - French forces met no resistance Wednesday in Kidal, the Islamists´ last major town, as the two-week-old mission scored another success in its effort to dislodge the al-Qaida-linked militants from northern Mali. The capture of Kidal came just days after French and Malian forces retook two other provincial capitals - Gao and Timbuktu - that also had been under harsh Islamic rule for nearly 10 months. (Snip) "The Islamist extremists have not been defeated; they have melted into the heat haze of the desert." Many fear the Islamists now will attempt to hide among civilian populations

Kerry thanks Politico reporter
in farewell address
Daily Caller, by Jeff Poor    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/30/2013 6:36:19 PM     Post Reply
During his farewell address to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, incoming Secretary of State John Kerry thanked staffers, Capitol Hill Subway operators, the Capitol Police and other assorted personnel who assist in the day-to-day operation of Congress. But Kerry also had some particularly kind words reserved for the media, in particular one member of the press corps: Politico’s David Rogers. “[I] thank the reporters who catch us in the hallways, trap us, ambush us in the

The Dirty Word in
Immigration Reform
U.S. News & World Report, by Kenneth T. Walsh    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:21:13 PM     Post Reply
Amnesty is still the dirty word in the debate over immigration, as it has been for many years, and it could torpedo comprehensive immigration legislation in Congress. Despite initial happy talk, differences are appearing between President Obama and a key bipartisan group of senators over what should be done about illegal immigration. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016, says Obama is not placing sufficient emphasis on strengthening border security before creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. Rubio says Obama is leaving "the impression that he believes reforming immigration quickly



Outrage as high school
recites Pledge in Arabic
saying ´One Nation Under Allah´
Daily Mail (UK), by James Nye    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:15:25 PM     Post Reply
Fury is brewing at Rocky Mountain High School, in Colorado, after a multicultural student group were encouraged to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the loudspeaker in Arabic - replacing ´one nation under God´ with ´one nation under Allah´. Following Monday´s pledge, Principal Tom Lopez has been inundated with complaints from outraged parents concerned that saying the Pledge in any language other than English is unpatriotic. Standing by his controversial decision, Principal Lopez has said that despite the irate telephone calls and emails, he is not in any way or form trying to push an

TWENTY Tornadoes tear through
Southeast, leaving two dead,
homes destroyed and tractor-
trailers overturned on the road
Associated Press/Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 6:00:45 PM     Post Reply
A massive,1,000-mile-long storm that formed at least 20 tornadoes beat down on six states throughout the Southeast today, leaving at least two people dead. A Georgia town was devastated with overturned cars on an interstate, wrecked homes and at least one person killed. Another person in Tennessee was also dead. Footage showed a funnel cloud roaring through the downtown area of Adairsville, Ga., about 60 miles northwest of Atlanta, flipping cars and demolishing a home. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO -The massive storm system caused at least 20 tornadoes throughout six states, ranging from Missouri to Georgia, USA Today said.

Report: IRS hiring new
employees faster
The Hill [Washington DC], by Bernie Becker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 5:52:38 PM     Post Reply
The IRS is doing a better job at getting new employees on board quickly, a new federal audit has found. The Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration found that the IRS has almost met the goal, set by the Office of Personnel Management, to bring on new hires in 80 days or less. By contrast, the agency said in 2009 that it was taking an average of 157 days – or roughly five months – to hire staffers. In its report, the inspector general found that the IRS had implemented a more automated hiring process,

Rahm Emanuel Sends Letters to
Mutual Funds Urging Them to
Blacklist Gun Manufacturers
That Oppose Gun Safety Laws
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/30/2013 5:50:39 PM     Post Reply
Below is a statement from the office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who sent letters to a number of mutual funds urging them to blacklist gun manufacturers who don’t support reform to gun laws. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that he is asking several mutual funds to divest and blacklist any gun manufacturers that oppose commonsense gun reforms. The Mayor’s letters sent to the mutual funds today come on the heels of his request last week to commercial banks asking them to stop providing financial services to gun companies that stand in the



Liberals Misread Rubio Interview
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 5:21:56 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: So what do you think the big immigration news is today? Take a wild guess what the big immigration news today is. That´s exactly right. In fact, the only news on the immigration front in the Drive-By State-Controlled Media seems to be my interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio yesterday. And you know why? You know why that´s the only immigration news out there? It´s because the Drive-Bys seem to think that my praise of Rubio means that I have suddenly decided to support amnesty. I've got the sound bites to prove it. I don't know what they heard,

Navy SEALs Remind Us
What´s Still Possible
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 5:10:01 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Kathryn and I last night went to a dinner here in Palm Beach that honored Navy SEALs. The place was sold out. There were 400 people there, tables of ten and 12, and we went with a bunch of friends. You know, we at TwoIfByTea.com, we sponsor the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, and they have an annual big dinner at the Waldorf Hysteria and a number of other satellite events. And every time, particularly with where the country is now in a pop culture sense, every time I find myself at one of these events I feel like I've gone back in a time warp.

´Heckle´ and Jive
Wall Street Journal, by James Taranto    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 5:07:12 PM     Post Reply
It started as an awkwardly written article by Ken Dixon, a reporter at the Connecticut Post of Bridgeport. It became a fast-moving rumor and in some cases an outright lie propagated by national journalists. It wasn´t even the original story´s lead but began but began 23 paragraphs into the report on a Monday gun-control hearing by a state legislative panel in Hartford: "The Second Amendment!" was shouted a couple of times by as many as a dozen gun enthusiasts in the meeting room as Neil Heslin, holding a photo of his slain 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, asked why Bushmaster

Wizards of Smart Surprised
by Shrinking Economy
Rushlimbaugh.com, by Rush Limbaugh    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/30/2013 5:06:14 PM     Post Reply
RUSH: Do you know, ladies and gentlemen, the economy in the fourth quarter, they told us, grew at a rate of 1.1%, I think is what they said. But it turns out that´s not the case. The economy actually contracted, gross domestic product. "The US economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter, defying expectations for slow growth and possibly providing incentive for more Federal Reserve stimulus." That's what's gotten us into this problem. Anyway, the economy shrunk. You know what the Democrats are out saying? This is the best looking contraction that there's ever been in

The Left’s Year One
American Spectator, by George Neumayr    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 4:59:25 PM     Post Reply
After seizing power, the architects of the French Revolution instituted a new calendar, declaring the beginning of their regime ”Year One,” thus symbolizing their total contempt for tradition. They wanted the world to know that they were rebuilding French society from scratch. The left under Obama is approaching that level of revolutionary arrogance. Regarding itself as vastly enlightened, it seeks to institute a kind of cultural and political Year One in which America rises above all traditional understandings of human nature and embraces such changes as women in front-line combat, gay marriage,


Why I hate Twitter
The Week Magazine, by Matt K. Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 4:54:35 PM     Post Reply
S oren Dayton and Rob Bluey — two conservative tech geniuses — talked me into joining Twitter during a lunch Ed Morrissey organized at an Iraqi restaurant in Minneapolis during the 2008 Republican convention. Life hasn´t been the same since. Of course, I can hardly claim to be an early adopter. But by virtue of signing up in 2008 (my original handle was @MattLewis01), I was at least well ahead of the curve. And soon enough, I became not only a proponent of Twitter, but also a sort of evangelist. It´s hard to even fathom now, but at the time, few journalists were really using Twitter.

What´s an Assault Weapon?
Reason Magazine, by Jacob Sullum    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 4:51:23 PM     Post Reply
Last week Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein´s bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose. Although arbitrary distinctions are a defining characteristic of "assault weapon" bans, recent polls indicate that most Americans support them. New survey data suggest one possible explanation: Most Americans don´t know what "assault weapons" are.

Marco Rubio’s Charm Offensive
National Review Online, by Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: johngalt1- 1/30/2013 4:47:52 PM     Post Reply
It’s 4:20 p.m. on a dreary Monday and Marco Rubio is pacing beside his desk, a black handset pressed to his ear. He’s on the phone with conservative talk-radio host Michael Medved. A few minutes earlier, he was on an online radio program. After he finishes with Medved, he’ll call Newsmax, a conservative news website. On Tuesday, he’ll dial Rush Limbaugh. Between calls, Rubio monitors Twitter on his laptop and phone and keeps an eye on C-SPAN, which is broadcasting Senate floor speeches. He occasionally sips from a bottle of mineral water. “Who’s next?” Rubio asks, turning toward his press

President´s illegal-immigrant
uncle wins final deportation hearing
Boston Herald, by John Zaremba    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/30/2013 4:45:23 PM     Post Reply
Onyango Obama, the president’s illegal-immigrant uncle, will have his final immigration hearing on Dec. 3, an immigration judge in Boston ruled this afternoon. Obama, who had his case reopened last year after being arrested by Framingham police, will then be able to fight a decades-old deportation order. "Everybody wants to stay in America," Obama´s attorney Scott Bratton said after the hearing. Authorities ordered him deported in 1992, but he never left and instead lived quietly in Framingham as a liquor-store clerk. His immigration status came to light in the summer of 2011, when Framingham police

Israel officials: No
compromise on security
Jerusalem Post [Israel], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/30/2013 4:41:07 PM     Post Reply
As reports of an Israeli air strike on an arms convoy in Syria began to reverberate around the world, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned that Israel would not sit by in the face of any threats to its security from Syria. Israel Radio following reports that Israel Air Force warplanes struck a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight, hours after Lebanon reported a series of three overflights by Israel in its airspace. "The entire world has said more than once that it takes developments in Syria very seriously, developments which can be in negative

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo sees approval
rating drop after new gun laws
CNN, by Kevin Liptak    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/30/2013 4:37:28 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The tough new gun restrictions pushed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have caused a hit to his approval rating, according to a poll released Wednesday, though the Democrat still remains popular with voters in the Empire State. The Quinnipiac University survey indicated that 59% of New York voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing as governor, down from a 74% approval rating in a poll released last month. Republican approval has dropped sharply, from 68% in mid-December to 44% in Wednesday´s poll. But even support among Democrats was down somewhat,

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